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In the name of pluralism, tolerance, and possibly a severe case of Stockholm syndrome, Democrats in Montana have opposed a bill banning the use of foreign law in its state courts such as Sharia law on the grounds that it targets Muslims. This is the same Sharia law that dictates women are underneath men, homosexuality is punishable by death, and leaving Islam is the greatest sin of all…again punishable by death.
Senate Bill 97, introduced by Keith Regier would ban the application of foreign law in Montana’s courts, with the debate particularly focused on Sharia Law, a form of Islamic law typically used in the Middle East.
Although the bill passed on party lines by 56-44, Democrats claimed it was designed to target Muslim communities, according to Billings Gazette.
“I think it sends a dangerous message to minority groups both here living in our state and wanting to come visit our state, just merely on the fact that you may be different,” Rep. Shane Morigeau, said while debating the bill. “I truly believe this law is repugnant. I believe this is not who we are as Montanans.”
Rep. Ellie Hill Smith proposed a failed amendment to the bill to include a ban on both Sharia Law and the Law of Moses, in order to “show the state of Montana that it is not just about Islamic Law.”
This kind of reasoning is reminiscent of Swedish feminist politician Victoria Kawesa (party leader, Feminist Initiative), who is working to prevent deportations of convicted rapists and her argument is: If foreign rapist should be deported for their crimes, then so should “white” Swedish men.
Rep. Ellie Hill Smith further argues “The courts have said that laws that single out certain religions violate the First Amendment,” Smith said, claiming that it was “peppered with anti-Muslim bigotry.”
So according to Smith preventing laws that promote and legitimizes: the beating of wives, marriage with pre-pubescent girls, and raping female captives is “anti-Muslim bigotry”.
Meanwhile, Rep. Brad Tschida said the bill was an attempt to push back against a “constitution [that] is constantly under assault,” reports Billings Gazette.
Bills specifically targeting Sharia Law have passed in states such as North Carolina, Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, and Tennessee. The bill will now be passed on to Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock for signature or veto.